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Armed merchantmen, troopships and special purpose vessels. Several of these armed merchant cruisers fought actions to delay or disrupt attacks from far more powerful enemy warships and were lost in the process.
A 1/1250 scale metal model of Shinano Maru in the AMC guise in which she came across the Russian Baltic fleet after it's trek around the world prior to the battle of Tsushima in 1905. Patrolling off Tsushima as a mist cleared in the morning sun, Shinano Maru found herself surrounded and was lucky to escape without being fired upon. The Russians went on to savage defeat in the Straits of Tsushima.
She is recorded 1923 sold to Kinkai Yusen K.K., Tokyo, 1938 renamed Sinano Maru, 1951 scrapped Japan.
Launched on the Clyde, Scotland, in 1920 as the Tyrrhenia for the Anchor Line, a subsidiary of Cunard, the 16,243ï¿½ton, 578ï¿½foot (176ï¿½m) liner could carry 2,200 passengers in three classes and was built by William Beardmore and Company of Glasgow, Scotland. She made her maiden voyage on 19 June 1922.